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Santa Clara vs. Pepperdine - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Pepperdine at Santa Clara
Date & Time Thursday January 10, 2019, 11:00 PM (EST)
Location
Leavey Center
Santa Clara, CA
The Line
Santa Clara Broncos -2.5 -- Over/Under: 146
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The Pepperdine Waves and the Santa Clara Broncos meet in WCC conference college basketball action from the Leavey Center on Thursday night.

The Pepperdine Waves come into this game looking for their first road win of the year to get back above .500 after falling to 8-8 with a 72-69 loss to San Francisco in their last outing. Kameron Edwards led the Waves with 19 points along with team-highs of 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double while Colbey Ross added 17 points on 4 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and a 7 of 7 mark from the foul line. Jade’ Smith and Kessler Edwards each added 13 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Waves in the loss. Smith added 11 rebounds for the double-double while Edwards chipped in 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Ross leads Pepperdine with an average of 18.9 points and 7.2 assists per game while Smith leads the Waves on the glass with 6.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Pepperdine is averaging 78.9 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 74.3% from the foul line this season.

The Santa Clara Broncos will look to rebound after suffering a 91-48 loss to Gonzaga in their last outing. Keshawn Justice led the Broncos with 14 points while Josip Vrankic added 11 points and Tahj Eaddy added 10 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for the Broncos in the loss. Trey Wertz added 6 points and a team-high 5 assists while Gugielmo Caruso led Santa Clara with 8 rebounds. Eaddy leads Santa Clara in scoring with 16.3 points per game while Wertz leads the Broncos in assists with 4.9 assists per game and Josh Martin leads Santa Clara in rebounding with 9.6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Santa Clara is averaging 71.9 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 68.3% from the foul line this season.

Pepperdine is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Santa Clara is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. Pepperdine is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Santa Clara.

Pepperdine has been rock solid against the rest of the WCC dating back to last year and has a solid win over a very good Loyola Marymount team to start 2019. However, while Santa Clara was thumped in their last outing, it came against Gonzaga and a lot of better team have been beat down by the Bulldogs in the past. Santa Clara has some solid wins over San Diego, Washington State and USC in recent weeks and have had the upper. Hand on Pepperdine, winning and covering in 4 of the last 5 meetings, 3 of which came by double-digits including a 51-point rout in 2017. Given that the line is low, I’ll lay the bucket with Santa Clara in this contest.

Pick:
Santa Clara -2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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